Head of the Lebanese Forces Samir Geagea blasted on Monday Free Patriotic Movement Leader MP Michel Aoun's cancelled visit to Our Lady of Elige Church, considering it “unwise” and accusing Aoun of ignoring the historical symbolism the tombs represent.
In a conversation with media representatives in Maarab after meeting with al-Mustaqbal Movement MP Ahmad Fatfat in MP Antoine Zahra's presence, Geagea wished Aoun had arranged his visit after consulting the LF and the martyrs' parents.
"Michel Aoun plans his visits based on electoral interests only, without taking into consideration others' feelings and possible reactions,” Geagea said.
FPM leader's visit to the church as part of his Byblos election tour was called off after LF supporters congregated to voice out their objection to it, due to the place's historical symbolism. Hundreds of LF fighters killed in the Elimination War against Aoun's forces were buried in Our Lady of Elige in 1989.
Geagea also attacked FPM leader's speeches given following the protests against his visit, saying that a “corrupt resistance is one that pursues its activities after the war”.
“Any resistance that continues to exist after the end of the war, the rise of the state and the restoration of civil peace would be a corrupt resistance, the same as everyone who supports it,” said Geagea.
"It is a shame Aoun has reached this advanced age and still uses the same degrading, obscene and defaming rhetoric,” he added.
Regarding the upcoming elections, Geagea considered that an electoral law based on small districts guarantees a better representation of Christians than proportional representation, rejecting claims about the LF wanting to keep the 1960 law in force.
“I cannot understand the attacks on our proposal if they believe we want an election based on the 1960 law,” he said.
"Small districts do not fragment the country and it is applied in most countries,” he added.
|Copyright © 2012 Naharnet.com. All Rights Reserved.||http://www.naharnet.com/stories/en/55454|